It was about five years ago that Scott Macomber made a conscious decision
to pursue songwriting and his career on a serious note. Scott's talents
and technical expertise made it possible for him to play a variety of
instruments and then record himself. So, there was never really an existing,
viable band to play live and check out audience reactions to his material.
Quite a predicament for a songwriter!
in original bands all my life--since high school, in fact, but nothing
ever interested me," he revealed. Then, about five years ago, Scott
began writing seriously and simultaneously, started to record his own
material. That seemed to open up new vistas for the talented musician.
"When I send material out to TAXI, I send a band photo, but the truth
is that I play all the instruments and record my own stuff. I do everything
on my own."
when Macomber performed with his local cover band, he began saving money.
The savings continued to grow (Scott adding money from his day job)
and eventually, he was able to piece together a recording studio which
now pays its own way. "I moved out of my own house into an apartment
and now use the house as my home studio. Originally, I set it up just
to record my own material but other people just called to record there
so it's a nice added income for me. There are even a few TAXI members
who record there."
first heard about the virtues of TAXI a few years ago when a friend
told him about the independent A&R company. Scott was in an original
music band thinking that his music was Žin' "At the time I thought
that what we were playing was current but in retrospect, it was outdated.
We were going to join TAXI back then but didn't. I left the band and
started doing my own thing. Realizing that I wasn't getting any exposure
because I had no band and wasn't playing out, I thought TAXI would
help me get my music out for me. The only people who ever heard my
music were friends and family. This was a chance for other people
to hear my music."
of objective critiques of his music and the possibility of making
connections made Scott a bit skeptical at first. "I never heard of
anyone doing this so I was skeptical. They were taking money for it
and I had to check them out. I can't tell you how many people I've
turned on to TAXI since I joined. It's the best money investment I
ever made for my career."
year and half as a member, Scott's material has been forwarded about
15 times, but it is the critiques that he receives from TAXIs talented
A&R Screeners that really help him grow as a writer. "I keep every
single critique that I get. Sometimes, they're more valuable than
getting forwarded. They usually tell you why it was returned and those
tips help make your songs better. Because I have my own studio I can
always go back in and change things."
Macomber has negotiated two deals through his membership in TAXI--one
from Rich Dickerson at Boy-Girl Music (for "Me vs. The World" being
used in the movie Deal of a Lifetime) , and the second song, "Let
Down" which Bruce Duff placed on a CD for Triple XXX Records. Not
bad for someone who had absolutely no industry connections last year!
"Now, there are at least two industry professionals that I can call
directly. Not only will they know who I am and take my calls, but
they ask for more music and listen to it when it arrives. I could
never have done this before; I could never have done this without
to advice for those determined to get into the music business, Scott
is quick to shout the praises of TAXI: "Joining TAXI would be the
first thing I'd tell everyone to do. When your songs are where you
think they should be, send them in and start from there. They'll guide
you with the critiques. You've got to be able to take criticism--even
this early in your career. Because the more popular you get, the more
your music is likely to be criticized."
good with the bad is something Scott Macomber learned early on in
his budding career. But since becoming a TAXI member, he's turned
the bad into learning experiences and the good into career deals.
That's how you do business!